“A Whale Party would have sensible, centerist policies”

Whale Oil is still kicking over the debris of the Conservative party train wreck – Behind the Scenes of the Colin Craig Catastrophe – where John Stringer laments are quoted.

In the thread (a sparse thread, interest is dwindling) a couple of comments raise the issue of an alternative right leaning party.

Cavalier:

Now that the Conservative Party is dead, NZ needs a political party that represents voters who lean to the right. With National now firmly occupying the political centre-left, there is a vacuum only partly occupied by ACT who many distrust as being too far out.

Mainstream Mike:

Yep. And why not a Whale party? For the Auckland elections, and the general elections.

Conservatives are dead; ACT is dead; Labour is dead; NZF is a joke; the Greens are worse than a joke.

Cam doesn’t even have to run for office. The example I’m thinking of is Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement: built from nothing by Italy’s biggest blogger. Now it decides the government.

A Whale Party would have sensible, centerist policies: low taxes, lower benefits, gun rights, no unions, no affirmative reactions, retire public debt by selling state assets. M5S (Five Star Movement) gets 25% of the vote. A Whale Party could easily do the same.

2.5% would be challenging enough for a new party, 25% is a fantasy of Craig proportions.

Besides I suspect Slater has aims of closer to 50% by getting Judith Collins installed as next National leader. He has already begun campaigning towards this by trying to hasten John Key’s retirement or defeat.

I’m not sure the “sensible centerist” and “Whale Oil” are a natural fit, that’s about as discordant as “Colin Craig” and “conservative”.

And while ‘sensible” can be debated I’m a bit doubtful that “low taxes, lower benefits, gun rights, no unions, no affirmative reactions, retire public debt by selling state assets” are exactly ‘centerist’.

Plus it would take a lot of sales of these…

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…to finance a serious party bid.